Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Geneva preview: 2014 Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche has unveiled its all-new fifth-generation 911 GT3 ahead of the sports car's first public appearance at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The GT3 will sit atop Porsche's naturally-aspirated 911 lineup.

The 2014 911 GT3 arrives with a new 3.8L flat-six engine borrowed from 911 Carrera S, but with several mechanical improvements. Porsche upgraded most of the engine's components – including titanium connecting rods and forged pistons – bumping power from 400 horsepower to 475 horsepower.

That power is sent to the 911 GT3's rear-wheels via an updated version of Porsche's PDK dual-clutch transmission that promises faster shifts and the ability to put the car in neutral by holding both paddles. Sorry, purists, the 911 GT3 will not be available with a manual transmission.

Further deviating from the norm, the 2014 911 GT3 will benefit from the addition of a new active rear wheel steering systems – the first ever fitted to a production Porsche. The rear steering system can move the back wheels in the same or opposite direction of the front wheels, which Porsche says improves both stability and agility.

All of those performance goodies net a 0-60 time of just 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 195mph. The 2014 911 GT3 is also capable of lapping Germany's famed Nurburgring in less than seven-and-a-half minutes.

The 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 will arrive at U.S. dealerships later this year with a starting price of $131,350, including a $950 destination charge.

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